Earlier this week, I traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with fellow members of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leadership. The Department’s continued commitment to the higher education community highlights the important work being done on college campuses across the country in working to defend our nation.
During the meeting HSAAC members reviewed a report from the Council’s Academic Subcommittee on Countering Violent Extremism. The report presented a number of recommendations for Department consideration on the matter. These recommendations were developed through a joint effort of academic leaders and subject matter experts. Since its formation, the HSAAC has delivered more than 120 recommendations resulting in new and expanded programs, resources and initiatives to support the academic community.
Members also were briefed during the meeting on the Campus Resilience Program and the upcoming 2017 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise (NTTX) event. The two-day event at the University of Utah will include workshop sessions, a tabletop exercise and an after-action review session on preparing participants to respond to a campus emergency. This year’s tabletop event will focus on a failure in campus infrastructure caused by cyber-attack. It serves as a follow up to the successful 2016 NTTX event which focused on campus active shooter scenarios.
The Campus Resilience Program and NTTX are the result of HSAAC recommendations to DHS.
I look forward to the Council continuing to push strong, innovative recommendations to Department leadership. To learn more about the Department’s outreach and engagement efforts with the academic community, visit the Office of Academic Engagement’s webpage or contact AcademicEngagement@hq.dhs.gov. You can view the Academic Advisory Council's activities and accomplishments by clicking here.